Jay-Z Earns 13th No. 1 Album With ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’
Men lie, women lie but numbers don't. As expected, Jay-Z's magnum opus, 'Magna Carta Holy Grail,' premiered at the apex of the Billboard 200 album chart this week.
The collection moved a whopping 527,000 copies in its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan (via Billboard).
Hov's 'Magna Carta' officially becomes the second biggest-selling album of 2013, followed by Justin Timberlake's 'The 20/20 Experience,' which debut at No. 1 with 968,000 copies sold in its first week.
In addition, 'Magna Carta' will be Jay-Z's 13th No. 1 album of his career as a solo artist. He beats both Elvis Presley and Bruce Springsteen, who both have 10 No. 1 albums. Overall, Jay-Z has been earning No. 1 plateaus since 1998, with 'Vol. 2...Hard Knock Life' LP.
Also, if you add the RIAA certification of 1 million digital albums sold, Jay-Z technically moved 1.5 million units in a week and half.
Damn! Jay-Z stays winning!
Not only is this a big win for Hov, but it's also a big win for hip-hop as well.
For the past three weeks, rap albums have been dominating the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart. First, it was Kanye West's 'Yeezus' LP, then it was Wale's 'The Gifted' and last week, it was J. Cole's 'Born Sinner.'
We can expect Jay-Z will be celebrating his latest chart achievement when he kicks off the Legends of Summer Tour with Justin Timberlake in Toronto tonight (July 17). Then he's going to bring it home with a performance at Yankees Stadium in New York on Friday (July 19).
Congratulations to Jay-Z for continuing to stay on top of the rap game and setting #newrules.
It's the Roc!